SimpliSafe2 Review

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Last Updated 6/22/2016

The Simplisafe2 Home Security System is a DIY option for protecting your house. As well as having the capacity to install it yourself, you don’t need to sign up with the alarm monitoring business to a long term contract (see lowest price).

All the security apparatus are and communicate pre-programmed to work together when you get it. Unlike landline systems, a pair of scissors can not cut the communication and alerts because the system connects via a cellular network (T-mobile or Verizon) if you have their premium version.

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Nevertheless, it is possible to put it to use as a nearby standalone alarm system if you don’t need the 24/7 live tracking.It's an entirely mobile system so it can be easily taken with you if you move house.

It's also very customizable, as you can add up to 41 detectors and sensors.

Another safety feature of Simplisafe2 is when the electricity is out the base station can continue to function with the backup batteries for up to 2 days. The rest of the parts of the system run on extended-life batteries.

Key Features

  • Nobody wants a stranger drilling holes on their wall -- so why should you pay $200 for installations that are dirty over? No tools required wires, no hassles. Plus, wireless means you could quickly take the body with you, wherever life may take you next
  • Wireless alarm systems have a dangerous defect -- the police do not get alerted, if the keypad smashes quickly enough. By concealing its brains in the Base Station, this difficulty has been solved by SimpliSafe. The authorities will be still alerted by SimpliSafe if your keyboard is smashed
  • SimpliSafe is not beatable to intruders. Burglars understand that most alarms use. That is why the SimpliSafe system uses a built-in, independent mobile connection that is five to ten seconds faster and can not be cut! It comes free with your monitoring, and there is no phone line required
  • The range of the sensors is 400 – 500 feet, but the range may be reduced by thick walls
  • SimpliSafe was designed to make sure that you stay safe in the event of a power outage. Wireless sensors run on powerful lithium batteries that last five years, so when the electricity fails you stay secure
  • This is identical to the sound of a food processor or a blow dryer
  • The movement detector is a thermal motion detector and-and will discover the heat coming from an intruder's body. So pets that weigh less than 50 lbs. Should not be detected by it designed

System Includes

  • One Keypad
  • One Base Station
  • One Motion Sensor
  • Four Entry Sensors
  • One Keychain Remote
  • Two Window Decals

Technical

  • Detectors, keychain remote, panic button and the keypad all need batteries to operate
  • The detectors have a life expectancy of three to five years and come with CR123A batteries. The base station will inform you when they are ready to be replaced. Replacement is not difficult. You just slide the sensors in the backing plate to reveal the battery. The system will allow you to know they need replacing about a month before they're completely emptied
  • In the function of a power outage, they can power the base station for up to 2 days. It uses rechargeable AA batteries, and you're advised to replace them every five years
  • The computer keyboard will display a message to let you know the battery is getting low
  • The keychain remote will typically last from 3 to 5 years and uses a CR1632 battery. Again replacement is clear-cut. The system doesn't notify you when the battery is low; you may see this when it’s working range decreases
  • All these batteries are easy to locate replacements and are available at Home Depot or can be bought online. You get a message from your system allowing you to know when the charge is getting low.

Strengths 

  • Does not need a dedicated telephone line
  • You can get through your phone100% wireless – no wires to run through your walls
  • Three-year maker’s warranty on components that are faulty60 day money-back
  • 100% guaranteeUp to 5 separate PINs for friends and family
  • Good response times through the tracking service
  • Duress PIN
  • Installation is easy and comes pre-programmed with complete instructions and additional help online if needed
  • Certificate for use with insurance companies with the monitoring service may lead to homeowners insurance discount
  • Cheap monthly monitoring fee
  • Incredible customer support
  • Home and away settings
  • No independent cell phone line required in your strategy
  • No long term fixed contracts, the monitoring is and can be canceled at anytime
  • You can add to it when your budget permits and as you please
  • This consists of changing the sensors alter the setting concerning how long before the alarm is sounded or to alert when tripped
  • Tape or screw mounting alternatives for each apparatus
  • System is fully portable

Weakness

  • The alarm on the base station is just not as soft as a food processor
  • No verbal alarms regarding detectors for example “front door.”
  • Keypad does not let you know which sensor is receiving a warning
  • You can’t run it with home protection systems or other wireless to control door locks or cameras, lights
  • No chime- the only alternative for doors and windows but can set to receive Email or SMS just and never activate an alarm
  • Not Z-wave other or compatible wireless home network protocol so it is unable to connect with other home automation apparatus
  • Does not need cameras nor the skill to add third-party cameras
  • You must have interactive observation service to use the characteristics that are remote and receive email and text alarms












Overview

Weight

4.1 lb Pounds

Ergonomics

Ergonomics

Durability

Durability

Maintenance

Maintenance

Reliability

Reliability

Upgrades Available 

Availability

Who Is This For?

SimpliSafe2 is an excellent security system. It's not difficult to install, and it is possible to set it up whatever way interests you. The system is nicely made at a reasonable cost, and you've got the ability to expand it up to 41 detectors to get complete coverage of your house for break-ins, smoke, C0, low temperature, and water.

This eight-bit bundle is perfect for people that have small-scale offices or single floor flats and by adding just a bit more sensors and detectors, ideal for all different size homes.Having said that, there are several things I’d like to see the system have such as a security camera.

Now, I have reviewed both the Canary and the Piper; I still recommend this product over all other products because the reliability and quality.

Yes, there are more "modern" style systems, but there are just so many bugs and fixing that by the time other companies fix those you would have to buy the newest version rendering the ones you are about to purchase now useless.

SimpliSafe2 is currently the best DIY home security system. I would recommend that you do supplement it with a wireless home security camera system if it would make you feel secure.

Packages

SimpliSafe2 Classic

SimpliSafe2 Deluxe

SimpliSafe2 Premium

Type

Wireless 

Wireless 

Wireless 

Connection

WiFi + Cellular Network 

WiFi

WiFi

Sensors 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sirens

Indoor Only

Indoor Only

Indoor Only

Remote Monitoring

Limited- one phone only

Limited- one phone only

Limited- one phone only

Smartphone App

No

Yes

Yes

Max Devices to be Added

41

41

41

Contracts 

No

No

No

Hidden Fees

No

No

No

Camera Integration

No

No

No

Be sure to check out the list of other DIY Home Security Systems to see what is best for you.